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How to Identify Good Uses for Generative AI Chatbots and Artbots

Adam Engst explores how you can use generative AI chatbots and artbots productively by helping you identify good uses such as brainstorming, programming, summarizing lengthy PDFs, and drafting difficult email messages. He also examines the utility of AI in Internet searches.

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Notes on Post-Pandemic Business Travel

Adam Engst took his first business trip in four years and found that some things have changed. He took advantage of packing and flight tracking apps, got free Wi-Fi on several flights, discovered that USB Type-A to USB-C cables are essential, learned that TSA PreCheck is easier to get, and ran across his second App Clip ever. 

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Do You Use It? macOS Versioning Sees Low Awareness and Adoption

The results of our poll asking how often you use macOS’s versioning feature show that nearly three-quarters of TidBITS readers either never use versioning or don’t even know what it is. But versioning could save you from losing work—it’s worth trying.

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Arc Search iPhone App Now Syncs Arc Sidebar Tabs

An update to the Arc Search app for the iPhone gives Arc users using macOS and Windows access to all their tabs and the ability to save pages from the iPhone to the Arc sidebar.

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Helper Helper Streamlines Volunteer Management

If you organize events that require significant numbers of volunteers, you know how much work it is to track everything manually in a spreadsheet. A better option is a volunteer management system like Helper Helper, which Adam Engst has used for over a year.

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Do You Use It? Versions

This week's Do You Use It? poll asks how often you use the macOS versioning feature, which was in the news recently due to a bug in macOS 14.4 Sonoma.

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toketaWare Shuts Down, Orphaning iThoughtsX Mind-Mapping Software

Although iThoughts will no longer receive updates, the Mac, iOS, and Windows apps should continue to run, and downloads, license codes, and documentation remain available.

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How to Choose a Fast External SSD for Your Mac

Howard Oakley explains what you need to know to pick an external SSD with the necessary specs to provide the maximum possible performance.

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Arc Gains Instant Links, Tab Grouping, and Arc Search iPhone App

The Browser Company has been busy with its Arc Web browser, adding features to speed up searching, organize tab clutter, and more. Also new is an Arc Search app for the iPhone.

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Do You Use It? Widgets See Middling Adoption

The results of our poll asking how frequently you use widgets show that roughly 50% of users never use widgets at all, with 25% to 50% of people using them slightly or heavily. But those numbers are complicated by the availability of three types of widgets on the iPhone and iPad, two on the Mac, and one on the Apple Watch.

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BBEdit 15 Adds ChatGPT, Minimap, Cheat Sheets, and More

The latest major update to the venerable text editor BBEdit brings connections with ChatGPT, new navigational and reference aids, and a plethora of helpful refinements.

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Do You Use It? Apple Services

This week's Do You Use It? poll asks which Apple services: iCloud+, Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and Apple Arcade—and the Apple One bundle—you both pay for and actually use.

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Do You Use It? Finder Tags See Focused Use

The results of our poll asking how often you use Finder tags are in, and while tags aren’t broadly popular, being reminded of what they can do for you might encourage you to use them in appropriate situations.

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Arc Web Browser Introduces Focused AI Features

The Browser Company of New York has unveiled Arc Max, a collection of five experimental AI tools. From Ask on Page to Tidy Downloads, we explore how Arc Max enhances browsing. But are these AI tools genuinely useful? Learn how The Browser Company approaches AI and follow along to see which features survive the trial period.

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Two Laptop Stands Appropriate for a 15-inch MacBook Air

The new 15-inch MacBook Air with its large screen awakened Julio Ojeda-Zapata’s interest in laptop stands. He wants one that is robust but portable, and adjustability is a must. He found two stands that qualify in different, ingenious ways.